SC Hospitals Are Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, South Carolina hospitals have been committed, as always, to providing the best care possible to the communities they serve.

South Carolina’s hospitals prepare, plan and drill for epidemiologic emergencies as part of their missions to protect public health. The state’s hospital community also maintains a strong Mutual Aid Agreement that allows for the sharing of resources and supplies as facilities work together in times of need.

From the beginning, the state’s hospital community has been actively monitoring its inventory of personal protective equipment and working closely with vendors and other officials to maintain access to needed medical supply chains.  And as the number of coronavirus cases identified in South Carolina increases, the state’s hospitals and health systems are working closely with local and state officials to ensure the safety and well-being of all patients, staff and first responders.

Both SCHA and South Carolina’s healthcare providers are following the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and coordinating all testing through the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Patients and providers are encouraged to make every effort to access telehealth consults so those with symptoms can be interviewed via telephone, text monitoring system or video conferencing. Hospitals and health systems will also be revisiting their policies for monitoring and managing visitors to secure the health of their facilities.